Trócaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland.
We work with some of the world’s poorest people, supporting communities and delivering long-term change to people’s lives.
In Ireland, we raise awareness about the causes of poverty through our outreach programmes in the education sector, through parish networks, and through our public campaigns and advocacy work.
Trócaire was set up in 1973 by the Bishops of Ireland to express the concern of the Irish Catholic Church for the suffering of the world’s poorest people.
At that time, the Bishops issued a Pastoral Letter on development, informed by the core principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
- Read full text of the Bishops of Ireland Pastoral Letter
- Learn about how Trócaire works, our vision and mandate
- Read about Trócaire’s 40-year history working for a just world
EAMONN MEEHAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
BISHOP WILLIAM CREAN, CHAIR
Bishop William Crean was born in Tralee, County Kerry. His studies for the ministerial priesthood were at Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth and the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, where he obtained his Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1977. He was ordained for Kerry Diocese in 1976.
His first assignments were as a teacher and chaplain to post-primary schools in Killorglin and Tarbert. He was a founding Director of Radio Kerry and was Chairperson of ARENA (the Adult Religious Education National Association).
Bishop Crean served as a Curate in Glenbeigh (1980-1983), Killorglin (1996 -1998) and as Parish Priest of Castlegregory (1999-2006) and Caherciveen (2006-2012). The appointment by Pope Benedict XVI of William Crean as Bishop of Cloyne was announced on 24 November 2012. His ordination took place in January 2013. He was appointed Chair of Trócaire in June 2013.
OUR INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS
Trócaire is a member of Caritas Internationalis, the international confederation of 162 Catholic development agencies, and CIDSE, the alliance of 16 Catholic development organisations in Europe and America.